Cafe review: Beannie Cafe

Artwork lines the walls of Beannie Cafe, including painted torsos. The garden courtyard has a graffiti mural wall.
Artwork lines the walls of Beannie Cafe, including painted torsos. The garden courtyard has a graffiti mural wall.

Located on Petone's main street, Beannie Cafe was formerly known as Cafe Tart, until mother and daughter Bev and Annie Robinson took over in late 2011.

They completely refurbished the interior and got the building earthquake-strengthened.

Before running Beannie, the pair ran Petone's Palace Cafe for several years.

You can order from the menu, blackboard specials, or a choice of food from the cabinet.

Beannie Cafe ... is like walking into my grandma's kitchen - it's homely, smells good and there's far too much choice of delicious food to devour.

The interior ... There's a comfortable, new leather booth with small tables lined along the right side of the wall as you walk in, couches and lower tables, and a long, high dining-room table.

A big, glistening chandelier hangs from the ceiling. Artwork lines the walls like colourful, painted torsos. A sunny garden courtyard has chairs, tables and a graffiti mural wall on one side.

The overall feeling of the place is ... Funky, arty, with a welcoming vibe, as if you've stepped into someone's home.

I'm tempted by the ... Eggs benedict, $15. The hollandaise sauce and bacon servings are generous, served on a muffin split. The eggs, hollandaise and bacon are cooked to perfection.

My friend orders ... Chicken hash cake, $9 - like a savoury muffin without the flour. Warm and moist, with potato, egg, tender chicken and spinach in it, and berry jam planted on the top. 9.5/10.

The service is ... Quick. The staff are relaxed, chatty, warm and all smiles.

The sounds are ... The faint bustle of the kitchen and the clatter of people scraping their plates clean.

The coffee is ... Hot. Havana. 10/10. My large latte arrives on my table as soon as I am seated. My friend's trim mochachino arrives a minute.

I can read ... A large pile of magazines, some brochures or today's copy of The Dominion Post.

We're surrounded by ... Petone locals - young friends, families and couples.

If I went back again, I'd try the ... Specialty french toast stuffed with cream cheese, apricot jam and served with fresh fruit and maple syrup.

THE DETAILS

Beannie Cafe, 198 Jackson St, Petone

Phone: 04 586 5819

Opening hours: Monday-Wednesday, 7am-4pm; Thursday-Friday, 7am-4.30pm; Saturday, 8am-4.30pm; Sunday, 8.30am-4pm.

REVIEWED BY RACHEL WATTIE

The Dominion Post